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The 41st Annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival

2020

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The 40th Annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival

July 26 & July 27, 2019

The Festival will be held in air-conditioned Prather Coliseum on the Northwestern State University campus in Natchitoches. The 2019 festival theme is “Vive la Louisiane!” The festival theme celebrates the ways in which so many outstanding artists young and old are tapping into the power and artistry of the old ways, revitalizing and reimagining tradition as they make it their own.

The festival will include a wide variety of traditional crafts, folk foods, Kidfest, three stages with live music, narrative sessions, and music informances. In addition, the annual Louisiana State Fiddle Championship will be held in Magale Recital Hall on the afternoon of July 27.

The 2019 festival will include folk music of the region, ranging from Cajun, Zydeco, bluegrass, country, blues, and gospel. Featured musicians will include blues artist Tab Benoit, Cajun artists the Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, traditional Americana musicians the Rayo Brothers, Celtic music by the Kitchen Session Band and Creole la la by Goldman Thibodeaux and the Lawtell Playboys. Bruce Daigrepont and Jamie Berzas will conduct a work-shop on the Cajun accordion.

Cajun and Zydeco dance lessons will be offered. Additionally, the Louisiane Vintage Dancers will perform accompanied by the Kitchen Session band.
Regional material culture crafts, such as beadwork, quilts, spinning and weaving, Native American baskets, Czech Pysanky eggs, along with demonstrations by the craft persons working on site will be included.

Join us at the 2019 Folk Festival for a true celebration of Louisiana’s Folklife as we welcome many incredible crafts persons and musicians who find their inspiration in traditional roots and where the past meets the present!

For more information, contact us at folklife@nsula.edu or (318) 357-4332

Wheelchair Accessible

Prather coliseum and CAPA Annex/Magale Recital Hall are wheelchair accessible.
Watch the Performers on YouTube

Performances By

Tab Benoit
Tab Benoit
Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band
Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band
Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue
Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue
Jamie Berzas & the Cajun Tradition Band
Jamie Berzas & the Cajun Tradition Band
The Rayo Brothers
The Rayo Brothers
Wayne & Same Ol' 2 Step
Wayne & Same Ol' 2 Step
Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys
Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys
The Louisiane Vintage Dancers
The Louisiane Vintage Dancers

Congratulations to the 2018 Louisiana State Fiddle Champion, Clancey Stewart!!

(Photo by Peter Jones)

Hall of Master Folk Artist’s Inductees

James Burton; Rodney Harrington; Estelle Brown; Tommy like Hailey, accepting on behalf of Jim Oertling; Hilton Lytle; Phyllis Liberto, accepting on behalf of her Uncle, D.J. Fontana; Stephanie Sewell, accepting on the behalf of her  great grandmother, Clementine Hunter. (Photo: Chris Reich, NSU Photographic Services)

 The 2018 Louisiana Folk Festival was a great success. Thank you to everyone who helped and contributed to help making it another fantastic year for the Folk Festival!!

Click the link below to view the newsletter for the 2018 Folk Festival!

For more information contact us at folklife@nsula.edu or 318-357-4332

Your donation to the Festival and Fiddle Championship is an investment in Louisiana traditional culture. Please donate today!

· Fiddle Championship Donation Form

· Folk Festival Donation Form

Check Out Our 2017 Newsletter!

(from left) Dr. Shane Rasmussen, director of the Louisiana Folklife Center; drummer Sammy Nix; drummer Ganey “Pop” Hymes; cloth doll maker Barbara Franklin, blues and roots musician Ed Huey; Cajun musician Steve Riley, of Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys; and Dr. Chris Maggio. President, Northwestern State University 

The 38th Annual Natchitoches-NSU
Folk Festival

Friday, July 14, 2017 &

Saturday, July 15, 2017

For more information, contact us at folklife@nsula.edu or

(318) 357-4332

Folk cultures are sustained when the torch of tradition is passed from one generation to the next. Communities are strengthened and lives given greater meaning as masters of traditional arts share their inheritance with new tradition bearers. The 2017 Festival theme “Keeping Tradition Alive!” celebrates the ways in which so many outstanding artists young and old are tapping into the power and artistry of the old ways, revitalizing and reimagining tradition as they make it their own. As the artists taking part in the 2017 Festival demonstrate, Louisiana folk culture is vibrant and diverse. The folk music of many culture groups will be featured, with Cajun music by Ray Abshire and Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, French Creole la la music by Goldman Thibodeaux and the Lawtell Playboys, Zydeco by Geno Delafose and French Rockin’ Boogie and Gerard Delafose and the Zydeco Gators, traditional Delta tunes by the Back Porch Band, bluegrass with the Clancey Ferguson Band, Texas swing by the Caddo Creek Band, and blues by Hezekiah and the Houserockers, the Wayne “Blue” Burns Band, and Ed Huey. Regional crafts such as wood carving, Czech Pysanky eggs, Spanish moss dolls, pine needle baskets, and handmade furniture will be exhibited, along with day long demonstrations by crafts persons working on site. Folk foods will include cracklin’, red beans and rice, gumbo, Indian tacos and, of course, Natchitoches meat pies. Along with performances by folk dancers, Cajun dance lessons, narrative sessions, and the annual Louisiana State Fiddle Championship, this will be a Festival to remember. Join us for a rousing celebration of Louisiana’s heritage, past and present! Mark your calendar today!

The Louisiana State Fiddle Championship will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2017

Photo by Peter Jones

The Folk Festival will host the Louisiana State Fiddle Championship in Magale Recital Hall which is housed in the CAPA Annex and is located at 140 Central Avenue.  Fiddlers from around the state will compete for cash prizes and ribbons in two main Categories: Non-Championship Division and Championship Division. Fiddlers are welcome to enter in either division but not both. Those who enter the Championship Division will compete for the Grand Champion title. The two top fiddlers from each group in the Championship Division – ages 0-21, 22-59, 60 and above – will compete for cash prizes and the opportunity to be recognized as the state’s best fiddler.

Prather coliseum and CAPA Annex/Magale Recital Hall are wheelchair accessible.

Featured Artists include:


Ed Huey
http://www.edhuey.com/

                                                                                                                                                     


Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue
www.galholiday.com 

 

 


Hardrick Rivers & the Rivers Revue
www.facebook.com/riversrevue/

Ray Abshire & Friends
rayabshire.com/

Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
www.mamouplayboys.com

Supported in part by grants from the following: 

· Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc.

· Dept of Culture, Recreation, & Tourism:Louisiana Division of the Arts –Shreveport Regional Arts Council
· Louisiana Office of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism – www.LouisianaTravel.com
· Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission
· National Endowment for the Arts
· New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Your donation to the Festival and Fiddle Championship is an investment in Louisiana traditional culture. Please donate today!

Check Out Our 2016 Newsletter!

The 37th Annual Natchitoches-NSU

Folk Festival

July 15th—16th, 2016

Sarah Jayde Williams (photo by David Simpson)

The 2016 Festival theme, “Emerging Artists,” will celebrate the many outstanding new artists keeping tradition alive in Louisiana. Traditional culture is important to these artists, who would rather spend their time playing the trumpet, the fiddle, or the accordion than they would video games. Louisiana’s folkways are not just of the past, but also of the present, and the voices of these artists emerge as a clarion call, reminding us of the vibrancy of traditional culture. This new generation of artists are today’s tradition bearers, and their impressive mastery of old forms made anew is a showcase of a living cultural legacy. The Festival will feature Cajun music by Briggs Brown and the Bayou Cajuns, Bubba Hebert and the New Morse Playboys, the Huval-Fuselier Trio, and the Sarah Jayde Combeaux, Zydeco by Lil Wayne and Same Ol’ 2 Step, bluegrass with Sabine River Bend Band and Catahoula Drive, Appalachian dulcimer fusion with Twang Darkly, and New Orleans jazz by Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns! Also, traditional Vietnamese lion dancers, free harmonica and rubboard workshops, and, of course, crafts, food, and the annual Louisiana State Fiddle Championship. Mark your calendar today!

Rising Dragon Lion Dance Team (Photo by Gary Hardamon)

Louisiana State Fiddle Championship

Saturday, July 16th, 2016, 1:00—4:00 pm

The Folk Festival will host the Louisiana State Fiddle Championship in Magale Recital Hall which is housed in the CAPA Annex and is located at 140 Central Avenue.  Fiddlers from around the state will compete for cash prizes and ribbons in two main Categories: Non-Championship Division and Championship Division. Fiddlers are welcome to enter in either division but not both. Those who enter the Championship Division will compete for the Grand Champion title. The two top fiddlers from each group in the Championship Division — ages 0-21, 22-59, 60 and above — will compete for cash prizes and the opportunity to be recognized as the state’s best fiddler.

2016 Grand Champion: Joanna Calhoun (Photo by Peter Jones)

Winners of the 2016 Fiddle Championship. From left: Joanna Calhoun, Grand Champion; Jeffrey Boone, 2nd Place; Ron Pace, 3rd Place; and Jovalyn Johnson, 4th Place (Photo by Peter Jones)

Hall of Master Folk Artists

NSU President James Henderson, Sarah Jayde Williams, Martin Nguyen of the Rising Dragon Lion Dance Team, Blake Castille, Tee Don Landry, and Dr. Shane Rasmussen (Photo by Gary Hardamon)

Click on the links below to get more information:

Supported in part by grants from the following: 

  • Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc.
    · Dept of Culture, Recreation, & Tourism:Louisiana Division of the Arts –Shreveport Regional Arts Council
    · Louisiana Office of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism – www.LouisianaTravel.com
    · Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission
    · National Endowment for the Arts
    · New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Check Out Our 2015 Newsletter!

Thank you all so much for making the 36th Annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival a great success!

Click on the link below to get more information:

Supported in part by grants from the following: 

  • Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc.
  • Dept of Culture, Recreation, & Tourism:Louisiana Division of the Arts –Shreveport Regional Arts Council
  • Louisiana Office of Culture, Recreation, and Tourismwww.LouisianaTravel.com
  • Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission
  • National Park Service
  • New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Get ready for the 2014 Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival!

The 35th Annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival will be held on:

July 18-19th, 2014.

This year’s theme is:

“Tricentennial Natchitoches:Celebrating Louisiana’s Folk Heritage”

The Louisiana State Fiddle Championship will be held on:

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Join us for 2 days of fun-filled activites!!

Music, dancing, craft demonstrations, delicious cuisine, narrative sessions and KidFest.  Something for everyone!

Ticket Information

Discounted all-event passes may be purchased M-Th from 9 am to 4 pm, and must be purchased by 2 pm on Thursday July 17, 2014 at the Louisiana Folklife Center, Room 213 Kyser Hall.

No discounted all-event passes will be sold at the

Festival.

Ticket Prices

$8.00 all-day pass

$5.00 evening only

FREE kids 12 and under

$11.00 two day pass available in advance only

*TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE HALL OF MASTER FOLK ARTISTS:

JEFFERY BROUSSARD, AL FERRIER, AND JO-EL SONNIER*

Come out and dance with these featured artists!

Take a Peek at the 2014 Folk Festival Newsletter!

Friday July 18, 2014

         West Stage              Main Stage         East Stage
4:30 Doors Open
5:00-5:45

Detention Center Choir

5:00-5:45

Cajun Dance Lessons

5:15-6:00

Jesus Rhythm

6:00-7:15

Smithfield Fair

6:00-7:15

Line Dancing with Katrice LaCour!

6:15-7:30

Hardrick Rivers and the Rivers Revue Band

7:30-9:30

Open Bluegrass and Country Jam with Max and Marcy

7:30—8:45

Don Fontenot et Les Amis de Louisiane

7:45-9:00

Reverend Charley’s Patent Medicine Show

9:00-11:00

Corey Ledet and his Zydeco Band

Saturday July 19, 2014

         West Stage              Main Stage            East Stage
9:00-10:15

Grassfire

9:00-10:45

Caddo Culture Club

9:00-9:45

Ed Huey

10:30-11:45

Back Porch Band

10:00-11:15

Jeffrey LeBlanc and the Delta Drifters

11:00-12:15

Cameron Dupuy and the Cajun Troubadours

11:30-12:30

Steve Wells Music

12:00-1:15

Caddo Culture Club

12:30-1:00

Welcome Ceremony

Festival Honorary Chair: Al Ferrier

LA Folklife Hall of Master Folk Artists Inductees: Jeffery Broussard, Al Ferrier, and Jo-El Sonnier

1:30-2:30

Steve Wells Music

1:15-2:00

Cajun Dance Lessons

12:45-2:00

Grassfire

2:45-3:45

Smithfield Fair

2:15-3:45

Jo-El Sonnier and Louisiana Pride

2:15-3:00

Al Ferrier

4:00-5:00

Jeffrey LeBlanc and the Delta Drifters

4:00-5:15

Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys

3:15-4:15

Goldman Thibodeaux and the Lawtell Playboys

5:15-6:00

Al Ferrier

5:30-6:00

Louisiana State Fiddle Champion

4:30-5:45

Bonsoir, Catin

6:15-7:7:15

Cameron Dupuy and the Cajun Troubadours

6:15-7:30

Line Dancing with Katrice LaCour!

6:00-7:15

Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys

7:30-8:30

Reasonable Facsimile

7:45-9:00

Bonsoir, Catin

7:30-8:45

Goldman Thibodeaux and the Lawtell Playboys

8:45-10:30

Open Bluegrass and Country Jam with Max and Marcy

9:15-10:45

Hardrick Rivers and the Rivers Revue Band

Louisiana State Fiddle Championship

Magale Recital Hall

1:00-4:00

Richard Smith and Julie Adams

Magale Recital Hall

11:30-12:45

Fiddle Championship Late Registration

2nd Floor Recital Hall Foyer

12:00-1:00

Louisiana State Fiddle Championship

Recital Hall

1:00-4:00

Saturday July 19, 2014

Narrative Sessions/Music Informances

N-Club Room Basketball Room
9:00-9:45

Plantation Life

9:00-9:45
Smithfield Fair
10:00-10:45

Rockabilly and Louisiana  with Al Ferrier

10:00-10:45

The Importance of Louisiana Traditional Music with Jo-El Sonnier

11:00-11:45

Music Informance with Bonsoir, Catin

11:00-11:45

Fort St. Jean Baptiste

12:00-12:45

Regional Folk Architectural Styles

12:00-12:45

Blues in the Delta with Ed Huey, Jeffrey LeBlanc, and Hardrick Rivers

1:00-2:30

Accordion Workshop and Jam Session with

Jeffery Broussard and Goldman Thibodeaux

(Free for the Festival audience)

1:00-1:45

Hambone Workshop

(Free for the Festival audience)

2:00-2:45

Natchitoches Parish Regional Cuisine

3:00-3:45

Indians along the El Camino Real

3:00-3:45

Bluegrass Music Informance with Grassfire

4:00-4:45

Los Adaes

4:00-4:45

Caddo Crafts

5:00-5:45

The Legacy of Clementine Hunter

5:00-5:45

Music Informance with Cameron Dupuy and the Cajun Troubadours

34th Annual Natchitoches NSU Folk Festival

“Celebrating Louisiana’s Horse and Cattle Culture”

July 19-20, 2013

Ticket Prices 

$8.00 all events Saturday

$5.00 evening only (5:00 p.m. – Till)

Children 12 & Under FREE 

$11.00 two-day all events pass (available in advance only)

Please call 318-357-4332

 FESTIVAL HOURS

Friday:         4:30 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.

Saturday:     8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Links

Music Schedule

Louisiana State Fiddle Championship Info

Fiddle Championship Entry Form

Fiddle Championship Rules

Narrative/Informance Schedule

32nd Annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival

July 15 & 16, 2011, Held in “Friedman Student Union”

“The Tribes Remain:

Contemporary Southeastern Indian Cultures”

Louisiana State Fiddle Championship July 16, 2011 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Magale Recital Hall

Walk-in Registration 12:00 – 1:00pm

 

 

FESTIVAL HOURS

Friday:         4:30 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.

Saturday:     8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

 

 

TICKET PRICES

$8.00 all events Saturday

$5.00 evening only (5:00 p.m. – Till)

FREE kids 12 & under

$11.00 two-day all events pass (available in advance only)

Please call 318-357-4332

2011 Louisiana State Fiddle Championship Winners

2011 LA State Fiddle Championship Rules

2011 Folk Festival Music Schedule

2011 LA State Fiddle Championship Entry Form

2011 32nd Folk Festival Newsletter

31st Annual

Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival

July 16-17, 2010

 “Traditional Remedies:  Folklife During Times of Adversity”

2010 Folk Festival Spring Newsletter

2010 Folk Festival Music Schedule

2010 LA State Fiddle Championship Rules

2010 LA State Fiddle Championship Entry Form

From singing to putting tobacco on bee stings, Louisiana culture is rich with age – old folk remedies. In 2010, the Natchitoches- NSU Folk Festival will celebrate these “remedies” and cures we use to “get by”. Some of our invited guests for the 31st Folk Festival include:

D.L. Menard

The Jambalaya Cajun Band

Southland Bluegrass and Alecia Nugent

da’ Classics

Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue

Hadley Castille and Sarah Jayde Williams

The Hugh Harris Band

Brandon Moreau avec la Band Pain Perdu

Hezekiah Early and the Houserockers

The Back Porch Band

Goldman Thibodeaux and the Lawtell Playboys

Southern Harvest

Shekinah Glory COGIC Choir

Hardrick Rivers and the Rivers Revue Band

Shout to the Lord

The Strumdingers

The Birdwell Group

SUPPORTED IN PART BY GRANTS FROM THE FOLLOWING:

National Endowment for the Arts

Dept of Culture, Recreation, & Tourism: Division of the Arts — Shreveport Regional Arts Council

Natchitoches Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission

Paragon Casino Resort

National Endowment for the Humanities

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

Louisiana Office of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism

2009 Festival

“New Populations in Louisiana”

2009 Festival Documentary

Photos from the 2009 Festival

Download 2009 Spring Newsletter

Download 2009 Music Schedule

SUPPORTED IN PART BY GRANTS FROM THE FOLLOWING:

Northwestern State University Enrichment Fund
The Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism:

  • Office of Cultural Development
  • The Louisiana State Arts Council
  • The Louisiana Division of the Arts-The Shreveport Regional Arts Council
The Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism

  • Louisiana Office of Tourism & Office of Lt. Governor